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Florida Humanities Council Invites Applications for Community Project Grants

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03/28/2018

The Florida Humanities Council is accepting applications from Florida nonprofit organizations for the planning and implementation of public humanities projects related to Florida or of interest to Floridians. Mini-grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded for single events, lectures or panel discussions, ...

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PMoA hosting exhibit, talk on Goya and Picasso

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03/27/2018

Famed Spanish artists Francisco de Goya and Pablo Picasso became known for, among many things, their bull-fighting artwork. Next Tuesday, the Polk Museum of Art at Florida Southern College will be discussing the history of Spain in Florida and both men’s influence on bullfighting as a symbol of the Iberian country, along with symbols of Spain in Florida.

“Goya, Picasso & the Heritage of Spain: Exploring Spanish Culture in Florida from 1513 to Today,” is a free discussion at the museum from 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 3. The talk was made possible by a Florida Humanities Council Community Project Grant. The PMA project was one of six in the state selected to receive funding out of 19 applicants.

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Talk highlights women's history

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03/02/2018

The Lake Wales Museum will host Carrie-Sue Ayver on Thursday for a talk to commemorate Women’s History Month.

Ayver will discuss “Doc Anna,” the second licensed female doctor in Florida. The doctor often braved swampland, alligators, venomous snakes and dangerous outlaw gangs to heal the sick, nurse the wounded and deliver babies.

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Lake Worth program helps families read, spend time together

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02/16/2018

The group, Ansell said, received a $5,000 grant from the Florida Humanities Council, $1,000 from the Lake Worth Rotary Club and $1,000 from the Friends of Lake Worth Library to cover expenses. She added she'd love to duplicate the program around Lake Worth. To do that, Table Talk will need places ...

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Latin music and more coming to Old Courthouse

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01/27/2018

Next on the calendar is the third Coffee and Conversation Speakers Series program hosted by the Florida Humanities Council and the Citrus County Historical Society. This program is on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. on the second floor of the Old Courthouse. The featured program speaker will be ...

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Speaker series to showcase Florida history, culture

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01/25/2018

Presented by the Florida Humanities Council, the series will include four engaging talks and performances focusing on Florida’s history, culture and people.

Topics will be wide-ranging and include a historical journey to Florida colonial life, a dive into the cultural lore of our state’s lush springs, and an exploration of manatees — Florida’s beloved sea cows.

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Take a tour through the Capital City with new app

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12/08/2017

The Florida Humanities Council developed the app to highlight historic districts around the state. There will be a launch party Saturday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Florida Historic Capitol Museum. It's free and open to the community. You can download Florida Stories on Android or on Apple iOS. 

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Cedar Key Historical Society to host Florida Humanities Speaker Series

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12/07/2017

Don't miss our 2018 Florida Humanities Speaker Series, featuring fascinating programs about Florida's historic lighthouses, culture, people, and ecology. 

Presented by the Florida Humanities Council in partnership with the Cedar Key Historical Society, this series will showcase four engaging talks and performances, starting in January and ending in April. Admission to each is free. All programs will be hosted at the Cedar Key Community Center at Sixth and F Street.

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Who deserves the FHC Lifetime Achievement Award?

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11/07/2017

All these Florida writers have won — earned, really — the Florida Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing, and now the Florida Humanities Council — the agency that bestows this award — is on the hunt for its next honoree. 

Since 2012 this award has recognized a living Florida author for writing that has influenced Florida and Floridians. Recipients, who must be Florida residents (because duh) may have a body of work from academia, literature, journalism or a mix of several or all these fields.

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Spectators feast on Florida at the Hosseini Center

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11/07/2017

After a customary welcome, Steven Seibert, Executive Director of the Florida Humanities Council explained how the Humanities and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), rather than being in conflict, are mutually enriching. Seibert emphasized that today’s employers seek a workforce that combines both digital and skills associated with the study of liberal arts and the Humanities, such as the ability to communicate, knowing team work and critical thinking.

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Florida Humanities Speaker Series Continues at Stetson

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11/04/2017

Presented by the Florida Humanities Council in partnership with Stetson University, the Florida Humanities Speaker Series continues with “The Rivers Run To It,” featuring Jack Davis, Ph.D. Part of a series of four engaging talks on various aspects of Florida’s environmental history, this event will address the historic and present cultural connections between Florida’s rivers and the sea.

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Fall festival set for Saturday, Nov.4

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11/01/2017

Prime Time Family Reading Time happens Monday, Nov. 6, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Prime Time is a six-week program designed to kick-start reading between parents and their children at home. Parents with children ages 6 and older will commit to sharing in reading, meals and fellowship. Sponsored in part by Florida Humanities Council, the program includes a book discussion.

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County approves FLUM amendment, receives updates

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10/13/2017

The Washington County Library Chipley Branch was approved to accept a grant from the Florida Humanities Council for $5,000 to have a traveling sports themed exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute. The exhibit will be on display for six weeks, starting September 28, 2018. There are only six libraries in Florida that will host the exhibit.

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Florida Humanities Series lineup set

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10/04/2017

The Florida Humanities Series at the Emerson Center will hold its first talk on Oct. 12 with a presentation by Dodgertown Vice President Craig Callan covering the 70-year history of the Dodgers and Indian River County.

This series includes six free programs showcasing lectures and performances all relating to Florida history, culture, and people. The performances begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday evenings.

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Download a free museum on your smartphone

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08/24/2017

The Florida Humanities Council first introduced a free walking tour app that can be downloaded on your Android or Apple phone to kick off St. Augustine’s 450th anniversary in 2015, but the popularity of the app, known as “Florida Stories”, quickly led to its expansion.

Myrtis Young, manager of the Polk County History Center, was among the first to take advantage of the council’s $5,000 grants offered to Florida communities to research and develop interactive tours of their own.

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Fall Arts 2017: Humanities: We're all in this together

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08/23/2017

The humanities — the way people use art, theater, philosophy, music and words to understand our world — are essential to a free society, Steve Seibert says. What's more, he adds, they're essential to a free market.

The new head of the Florida Humanities Council is more contemporary Renaissance humanist than hard-nosed 21st century capitalist. But he's also pragmatic, and he knows for agencies like FHC to survive, he, as the new executive director, has to make the case that humanities translate into dollars.

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Tip: Discover more with Florida Stories, an app-based walking tour series

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07/28/2017

Sure, when you visit Key West, you can easily find the top Ernest Hemingway stops on your own. But Florida Stories, a free app-based walking tour series sponsored and co-produced by the Florida Humanities Council, will point you to a wealth of other historic sights there — and in nearly a dozen other spots around the state.

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Orlando is looking for its first poet laureate

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07/12/2017

Orlando has started a search for its first poet laureate to serve as the city's "official storyteller," Mayor Buddy Dyer says. The city announced Thursday it was partnering with United Arts of Central Florida and Orlando-based publisher Burrow Press to appoint a poet who would promote poetry in the City Beautiful and inspire literary artists, according to a press release. The poet laureate will serve as a figure in Orlando's cultural and literary arts scene, as well as present original work at city events. 

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